Hilarie Gamm Responds to Wall Street Journal’s Op Ed “Social Security Needs Immigrants” Friday, July 15, 2018

The U.S. has legally naturalized over 60 million immigrants since the mid-1960s. George Mclloan’s idea that “Social Security Needs Immigrants” (op-ed, June 15) is misguided. The best way to increase the Social Security coffers is to engage Americans to rejoin the U.S. workforce, and to get them working more hours.

By eliminating federal (and state) taxation for all teenagers under the age of 18, the federal government could encourage teens to get off their cellphones and start working. Teenagers would contribute to Social Security and benefit themselves by earning a wage and learning a job.

By reforming U.S. tax laws to tax only the first 40 hours of income, workers would be incentivized to work more than one job, enabling them to save or spend more in the economy and contribute more to Social Security. America’s lowest wage earners and Social Security would benefit most from this kind of reform.

 

We need new ideas to make things better, not more immigration.

TAGS: social security, immigration, U.S. workers, tech workers, taxation

Hilarie Gamm, author of Billions Lost:  The American Tech Crisis and The Road Map to Changewww.billlionslostbook.com
New York, New York
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